OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 21, 2014) — State Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, has filed legislation that would give counties the final say over the location of horse slaughter facilities.
“When Governor Fallin signed legislation into law last year legalizing horse slaughter, she issued a statement saying it was important for towns to be able to block horse slaughter plants if that was their will,” said Bass. “This legislation would simply give counties the option to decide for themselves whether they want these facilities in their jurisdictions or not.”
Bass cited a poll that found overwhelming opposition to the legalization of horse slaughter in Oklahoma.
“What’s interesting is the fact that it didn’t really matter if you were talking about people living in a rural area or a large city, and it didn’t matter if they were a Democrat or a Republican, conservative or liberal—the overwhelming majority did not want a horse slaughter plant in their community,” Bass said. “This legislation reaffirms our citizens’ right to block such a facility if that’s what the majority of qualified voters decide.”
Ah, the picture becomes a bit clearer.
What is important is the final quote. The issue of horse slaughter has always been a bipartisan issue, rejected by a vast majority of those asked across standard demographics.
I hope Oklahoma voters have a good memory, and vote out Governor Fallin and her congressional cohorts.
FUTURE OF HORSE SLAUGHTER IN OKLAHOMA STILL UNCLEAR From BeaumontEnterprise.com
by ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Though the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields said he’s not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma, while McNiel said she’s no longer involved in the issue.
“My goal is not necessarily to bring one,” McNiel said. “I am not out promoting it. Once I passed the bill, I was done.”
Before the law passed, Ahsan Amil of Oklahoma Meat Company applied for a federal inspection with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Amil told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/16oj24G ) that he’s no longer pursuing the permit.
Horse slaughter plants are planned in New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. Read more >>
— About the Lawmakers
Remember these names when it comes time to vote Oklahoma.
Gov. Mary Fallin
Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow
Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona
Does not matter why they passed a law to legalize horse slaughter in Oklahoma or whether or not they are involved after the fact or promoting it now they have “done their job”.
These politicians care not a wit about bringing all the sordid problems that go with horse slaughter to their community. Their view of horses as a disposable commodity is deadly — that horses are good for a buck in their killing for meat.
Notwithstanding that, horses are not traditional food animals and are given a laundry list of drugs that make their meat potentially carcinogenic to humans. Condoning the production and supply of toxic horse meat is highly irresponsible no matter how you cut it.
When you see those expensive election campaign ads for politicians such as the ones above, you can reasonably wonder if it is blood money from horse slaughter that helped pay for them.
— About Farm Bureaus
And what about the Farm Bureaus, who always seem to play a prominent role in working to keep horse slaughter alive? They have to know about the dangerous drugs given to horses which prohibit them from entering the human food chain.
Oh, wait. I wonder if it is because they know what sorts of things that go into the animals they breed, raise and kill for food, and simply don’t see any difference. That’s something to chew on, isn’t it?
GRISLY FIND IN MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA From The Miami Herald
by ELINOR J. BRECHER
The butchered remains of a horse were found in a driveway on Northwest 163rd Street early Wednesday, according to Miami Gardens Police.
“The slaughter of horses in our community continues unabated,” said Laurie Waggoner, director of operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose organization provides rescue and refuge for abused and neglected horses. “The only difference in this case, is the remains were disposed of in an extremely public area.”
A passerby called police at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday reporting a “dead carcass” at 5295 NW 163rd St.
The horse was slaughtered while still alive, said SPCA President Jeanette Jordan.
Close-up photos show the horse’s severed head and other body parts lying on pavement.
“My greatest hope is that the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Jordan said.
Illegal horse slaughter for meat is common in certain parts of Miami-Dade County, though it’s against the law to sell such meat for human consumption.
Police said they had no leads in the case. Read more >>
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin overturned a 50-year state ban on slaughtering horses Friday, ignoring two-thirds of Oklahoma citizens, who oppose slaughtering horses according to a state-wide poll. Nationwide polls show that 80% of Americans are strongly opposed to slaughtering horses.
Governor Fallin’s signature on HB1999, the slaughter bill, allows Oklahoma to join four other states now vying for USDA inspections that they need to operate slaughter plants. This will reignite an industry that was shut down in 2007 after a bitter, long and costly legal and legislative battle.
Oklahoma’s embrace of the horse meat trade comes at an odd time: during a still-widening international food contamination scandal as well as across-the-board cutting of many food and food-safety programs on which U.S. families depend.
Lawmakers in the state, a big beef producer, took less than 20 seconds to push through a committee vote on HB1999. From there, it was rushed through the House and Senate before reaching the Governor’s desk early last week. A companion Senate bill, SB375, was similarly handled. Public comments and debate on both bills were blocked.
Federal tax dollars are used to inspect meat produced in the U.S., whether it’s sold and consumed here or in other countries. Oklahoma’s new law stipulates that the horse meat produced there will be for export only, costing U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars.
In a press release, Governor Fallin stated that slaughter would improve horse welfare for thousands of horses that she suggests are being abused or are otherwise taking long, dangerous journeys to Mexico where they meet gruesome south-of-the-border deaths.
Oklahoma agriculture officials confirmed Tuesday they are aware of allegations that some involved in the transport of horses to the state were using fraudulent veterinary health forms.
Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese said officials with the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department have not responded publicly sooner because the matter is being investigated by the state’s multicounty grand jury.
“We are aware of the complaints,” Reese said.
“We have chosen not to interrupt that investigation while it was going on.”
Reese said information was turned over to the state attorney general’s office.
The investigation, he said, is continuing into allegations of stolen property, concealing stolen property, transporting stolen property across state lines and other crimes.
An animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, criticized the state agency Tuesday for failing to act on evidence it presented that involved apparent fraudulent veterinary health forms in the transport of horses.
The horses were transported across state lines from Iowa through Kansas and Missouri, into Oklahoma, and finally to Texas.